Ukrainian is the main language of the Ukraine, but the fact that almost half of the nation’s people speak Russian in their daily lives hints as its history. Most people in the Western part of the Ukraine speak Ukrainian, the country’s central population is bilingual and most people in the eastern Ukraine speak Russian. Is Ukraine comfortable with being a bilingual society, or are the languages in enough conflict with each other, especially considering the history they represent, that they will always be at odds?
Not to choose sides, but in class we say hello and goodbye in Ukrainian:
Hello: Dobri Den
Goodbye: Bud Zdrov